Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking at Andy Carroll as a potential recruit this month to help them cover for the injured Harry Kane. The Sun is reporting that the West Ham striker could join Spurs this month, suggesting a fee of just £2 million could get the job done.
The injury-prone England international could join the club in an 18-month deal to help solve their striking shortage.
The immediate response has been largely negative from fans outside the club. Carroll’s recent injury record has hit his form and reputation hard, but he is still an unplayable character when on his best form.
Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham defender, certainly thinks so. He was speaking in September 2017 before facing Carroll when he lavished praise on the ‘fighter’ of a striker.
“He’s a great striker, very difficult to play against but I think our defence have shown we can play against every type of striker so I’m not afraid.
“He’s a very big guy. He’s a fighter. He’s very strong in the air and I think he fits the game that West Ham wants to play.
“Hopefully he can stay fit for a while for West Ham, he’s struggled a bit I think on that, but he’s a good player and a tough player to play against.”
Tottenham know very well what Carroll can do when fit and firing. A bully of a front-man, excellent at holding the ball up, imposing aerially and capable of the occasional moment of magic. With Fernando Llorente their only real option in attack, Carroll certainly looks a cheap alternative and one who could swiftly integrate into the Tottenham changing room.
It seems a long-shot, but Vertonghen would be one man who appreciates the decision.